Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Ashley Young reacts to Dele Alli withdrawing from the England squad

Ashley Young reacts to Dele Alli withdrawing from the England squad

The 32-year-old was understood to have been close to moving to the Chinese Super League during the summer transfer window, but he has since revived his career at Old Trafford by providing an answer for United's problem area of left-back.

"Speaking to him even at that young age, he was one of them who just wanted to learn and to be the best".

"That's why I will never retire until my legs tell me I can't run any more".

You'd be forgiven for thinking the Manchester United player had retired from global duty after being snubbed in recent years.

"I saw him when he was coming up through the ranks at United", Young said. Once the game is finished, you don't need to talk afterwards. "He's a confident player and that gives him that edge".

So you'd think that Young is probably a little bit glad that he doesn't have to come face-to-face with Alli in the England squad.

United are back in Premier League action after the global break on Saturday November 18.

Young, who has made nine starts for United this campaign, played just 23 of the Premier League club's 64 matches last season but says he was determined to force his way back into the manager's plans. "I'm delighted to be back". It was disappointing but I have never thought about leaving the club. The manager is talking about trying a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 and I feel like I can step into that role.

Young then posted on Instagram stating that "talk is cheap".

Yet it was unusual that Young also repeatedly made reference to having played for only three managers at United when it is, in fact, four - Ferguson, David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and now José Mourinho (or five if Ryan Giggs is counted). The modern world doesn't want you to wait for anything; nor does it want you to believe that waiting is an option anymore.

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